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#1 posted 01-30-2008 12:34 AM

The Location is along the redwood highway in Northern California I imagine that we would be ordering enough to ship from anywhere. I obviously can’t provide a lot of wood from a great distance though. For someone w/in a state or two I can supply a lot of 100 year old barn redwood.

Price points actually will be the problem, because I am charged with the simultaneous tasks of: 1) Providing meaningful mementos that are not going to fall apart 2) Meeting your average vacationer’s budget “cheap”.
I am a wood sculptor myself, and I recognize serious quality on this site. I am wary of offending by saying. “I need inexpensive” but here goes:

Redwood preferred, but others also acceptable (Prices are where I need to buy the item, not sell the item).

Handmade Pens (Wholesale $5 – $25, but average of $12)
Keychains (Wholesale $3-$8 for no detail. $8-12 for some detail)
Picture Frames (Wholesale $8 small to $35 large and/or carved)
Framed Mirrors (Wholesale $8 but some as high as a few hundred for show pieces)
Wooden Puzzles, Trains, Games, Educational Blocks for kids (Wholesale $5 to $50)
Small Redwood Planters (Wholesale $7-$30 depending on size)
“Rustic” Hand carved Animals (Wholesale $5 – $100 with median being $20)
Detail Animals (Wholesale $15-$200 median being $45)
“Rustic” hand carved flowers ($5 to $15)
Detailed hand carved flowers ($15-$60)
“Rustic Boxes” ($10-30)
Detailed Boxes ($30-50)
Small “Rustic” end tables and stools ($25-$75)

For bigger items, like stools and large frames, orders would be for about 15-40 pieces and would occur every few months. I’d buy the smaller items in orders of 25 to 100 every few months. I would not have to receive all the items at once as long as shipping costs are not prohibitive.

I can find these price points internationally but, truth be told, I want to go US made whenever possible. There are a lot of great woodworkers here.

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